Pope issues formal apology

By Rosalind Russell – Pope Francis is asking for forgiveness for what he calls the evil committed by so many Christians against Indigenous Peoples.

Francis says he is “deeply sorry” in his first public apology for the Catholic Church’s role in the residential school system in Canada.

His speech was delivered at the site of one of the largest institutions in Alberta.

He added he feels deep shame and remorse and says the memory of children who attended the schools is painful and every child should be treated with love, honour, and respect.

Pope Francis will hold an open-air mass at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium today on the second full day of his visit to Canada.

He is in Canada for a six-day visit, which will also include stops in Quebec City and Iqaluit later this week.

Photo: Bishop Thomas Dowd of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie meets with Pope Francis during his historic visit to Canada. Image supplied by Fr. Daniele Muscolino Pastor, Holy Name of Jesus, North Bay & St. Alphonsus Liguori, Callander Director of Vocations, Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.

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